City directories were very popular from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. They were usually compiled by conducting door-to-door surveys. City directories provide information about individuals and businesses. Individual entries usually include address and occupation but can also include spouse's name, marital status, children's names and birth years, and phone number (in later editions). Race is often included in the entries, as well. Entries are arranged by name and by address and often by telephone number.
Many directories provide historical background of the city, lists of streets, ward boundaries, public works, and city officials. Surrounding areas are often included. Directories printed during wartime may include lists of local residents who served in the military. Also, directories sometimes include names of residents who passed away the previous year.
Although many of the directories included here are from Arkadelphia, there are also several other city directories from throughout Arkansas. There is also an undated ZIP code guide.
City Directories, Arkansas. Clark County Historical Association Collection. Riley-Hickingbotham Library Archives and Special Collections. Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.